Author Archives: Melissa

Iceland Defrosted

HisLit A book that will grab you from beginning to end—especially if you enjoy traveling to exotic places and indulge in eating, drinking and being merry.  Iceland sounds like the type of place to visit if you are a sci-fi … Continue reading

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The Imitation Game

Book vs. Movie    The book recounting Alan Turing’s life is remarkable and interesting (sometimes going beyond my comprehension, because I am quite horrible at math).  The movie was based on the biography but it seemed to make more sense … Continue reading

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Before Green Gables

A Five Star Pick As a hard core fan of the Anne of Green Gables series (which I only read when I took a Children’s Literature course in college), I was ecstatic when I knew this novel was in the … Continue reading

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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises & The Book of Polly

Book Pairing    I really loved the first tale in this pairing that when I read the latter, I realized there were many similar things between the two books.  I find it fascinating that one story can be almost like … Continue reading

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Us Conductors

HisLit In this fictional account of Lev Termen’s life, we are presented with how the Russian scientist invented an electronic instrument, known as the theremin. We witness how his government uses this invention as a means to visit America in … Continue reading

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Me Before You

Book vs. Movie    I was excited when I found out they were doing a movie of this book.  I somehow knew it would be a gem because it was filmed in the UK and featured British actors.  I was … Continue reading

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The Penguin Lessons

A Five Star Pick This memoir explores the adventure of a young British professor, taking the risk to travel abroad and landing on the other side of the world, to teach at a boy’s school in Argentina—during a corrupt regime.  … Continue reading

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